DIY Activated charcoal mask
Activated charcoal has been used for many years, but recently it’s become a big trend in skin care. You don’t have to spend money on an expensive premade mask, when you can make a DIY right at home. Have fun with it too: you can throw a DIY mask party and make a girl’s night out of it. Not only will you have a great time, but you’ll have amazing looking skin in the process.
Activated charcoal can be bought almost anywhere, from online to local drug stores. It comes in two different forms.
1. Activated charcoal capsules
2. Activated charcoal powder
The capsules tend to make less of a mess, but some people prefer to buy the powder, so they can measure the amount for themselves, or even use for other DIY’s.
When it comes to making a mask, you don’t want to add too much water, it can turn your DIY mask into a DIY mess. You can also use rose water instead of regular water.
Argan or Moroccan oil. Contains fatty acids (which help the skin hold water, resulting in reduced wrinkles), and also contains vitamin E
Flaxseed oil. This helps to soften the skin.
Acai oil. This oil is high in antioxidants and helps to protect the skin.
2. Moisturizing oils
Olive oil- High in vitamin A and E (which are both great for soothing dry skin and filling in wrinkles). Vitamin E does not work well with oily skin.
Coconut oil- Helps to reduce bacteria.
Brazil nut oil- Has plenty of antioxidants.
Avocado oil- High in vitamin E, antioxidants and fatty acids
3. Problem solving oils
Tea tree oil- Great to help fight acne.
Grape seed oil- Helps to regulate oily skin, and high in vitamin C (which brightens your skin, prefect if you have scars from acne)
Rose hip oil- Great for reducing scars caused by acne, and high in vitamin A.
Peppermint oil- Can be used to reduce redness due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
4. Calming and repairing oils
These are perfect to use for anything from bug bites to eczema.
Chamomile oil- Can help calm the skin and known to fight off any infections.
Black current oil- High in fatty acids and a great anti-inflammatory
Primrose oil- This is a great oil to use on eczema or other skin irritations.
Carrot seed oil- Helps soothe the skin and high in vitamin A.
Remember, when using any of these oils on a skin condition that has been medically diagnosed, make sure to check with your doctor first.
Honey has been known to be natures bleach, which can be a really great additive to your face mask to help give your skin a beautiful glow. Honey also smells great and can leave your skin feeling super moisturized.
Mixing the ingredients
You will need:
A bowl (to mix your ingredients)
Activated charcoal- one to two capsules or one to two teaspoons (capsules or loose powder)
Water or Rose water- two to three teaspoons
Facial oil- one to two drops (any oil of your choice, optional)
Raw honey- 1/2 to one teaspoon
1.) Start by adding your water and facial oil to the bowl.
2.) Next, add your activated charcoal and mixed till all ingredients are well combine.
3.) Lastly, you want to add your honey. Adding your honey last will make it easier to mix and less of a mess
Once everything is combine let the mixture sit for a few minutes before applying to your face. If for some reason the mask is too runny add another capsule of activated charcoal or one more teaspoon.
Turing your homemade mask into a DIY peel off mask
Here’s how to make you DIY mask into a DIY peel off mask.
A bowl (to mix in)
Activated charcoal- One to two capsules or one to two teaspoons
Non-toxic glue- Two to Three tablespoons
Peppermint oil or peppermint extract- One to two drops
Rose water- One to Two teaspoons
1.) Pour your glue into your bowl and add your activated charcoal.
2.) Now if you want you can add your rose water and peppermint.
3.) Once you have it to your desired consistency you can get ready to apply to your face.
Applying homemade mask
What you need:
Flat face brush or your hands
1.) Using either a flat face brush or your hands simply apply the mask to your face, make sure to avoid the sensitive area around the eyes.
2.) One entire area is covered let your mask stay on your face till dry or for 15-20 minutes (whichever you desire)
3.) Once it’s dry use a warm face cloth to wipe the mask off your face. After you have wiped it off rinse your face with warm water to close you pores, so no bacteria can sneak its way in.
Applying peel off mask
Things you need:
Flat face brush
1.) Make sure your hair is pulled back before starting, this is not something you want in your hair
2.) Using your flat face brush apply your peel mask to your face, (or you can apply to areas that you wish to treat) making sure to avoid the sensitive eye area.
3.) Once the mask has completely dried starting from the chin area slowly pull the mask upwards. Take your time: you don’t want to damage your skin by pulling the mask with too much force or too fast.
4.) Once you’ve taken the mask off use you face cloth with warm water and wipe off any excess mask.
If you have sensitive skin be careful when using any peel off mask, you don’t want to harm your skin in anyway.
Beautiful glowing skin
Whether it’s a peel off mask or a creamy mask, your skin will feel amazing afterwards. Just be sure to test never used before ingredients and always consult a physician before using anything on any skin irritation or acne prone skin. Enjoy making your at home mask and have fun with it!
The more you understand yourself, the more silence there is, the healthier you are. —Maxime Lagacé